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HEDS 2015 Conference: Realizing Recovery

February 28, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm



Realizing Recovery

February 28, 2015 8 am – 5pm

7:45-8:15 Registration/ Check-In

8:15-8:30 Welcome

 8:30-10:00 Keynote Presentation: Healing our Clients, Healing Ourselves (Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT & Anita Johnston, PhD)

In this keynote presentation Carolyn Costin and Anita Johnston, both seasoned eating disorder professionals, will discuss the importance of nourishing the self for both client and clinician. What are the principles of healing and how do we incorporate them? How do we help our clients stay connected to a deeper meaning and purpose and how do we do that for ourselves? How do we bring ourselves into our work with clients and how does our work help us to heal and to grow. Anita and Carolyn will bring their experience, their clients and themselves to demonstrate all of the above and more in this multidimensional presentation.

Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT, FAED

Carolyn Costin

Carolyn Costin, recovered from anorexia nervosa in her early twenties, became a therapist and saw her first eating disorder client in 1979. Carolyn has become renowned for her clinical acumen, her 4 books, her keynote speeches, and her residential and day treatment programs, Monte Nido & Affiliates. Carolyn pioneered residential treatment in a home like setting opening the first Monte Nido in California in1996.

Carolyn’s personal history, extensive experience, authenticity and passion make her a sought after speaker, trainer, consultant and media expert. She frequently appears as a presenter at national and international conferences. As a previous board member of NEDA, a current board trustee of iaedp™ and a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, Carolyn stays intimately involved in the field. She now serves as Chief Clinical Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates with programs in California, Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts. Carolyn’s books, The Eating Disorder Source Book, 100 Questions and Answers About Eating Disorders, 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder and Your Dieting Daughter, help sufferers, loved ones, professionals, and the public, understand, treat and overcome these often confusing and complicated illnesses.

Anita Johnston, PhD

Anita Johnston

Anita Johnston, is a clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist who has been working the field of disordered eating for over 30 years. She is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in six languages.  She has also written book chapters in The Psycho-spiritual Clinician’s Handbook,  Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research Treatment Gap, and numerous professional articles.

 She founded the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii in 1982 and developed Hawaii’s first inpatient eating disorders program in 1986.  Currently she is the Clinical Director of the ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorders Programs in Honolulu which she founded in 2001, and the newly opened ‘Ai Pono Maui residential facility on the island of Maui.  She is also Clinical Advisor to Focus Eating Disorders Treatment Centers in Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Additionally, she is the Senior Clinical Consultant to the EATFED Intensive Outpatient Programs in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Johnston is recognized for her innovative approach in which she blends traditional storytelling with her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie disordered eating behavior and other struggles with eating, weight and body image.  Her most recent project is The Light of the Moon Café’, an online, international e-course/support circle based on the concepts in Eating in the Light of the Moon.

 10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Breakout Session 1

A)      Shake it up!:  Skill building for adolescents with eating disorders (Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS)

B)      Validation: How to Help Families Help Their Loved One Realize Recovery (Jennifer R Henretty, PhD & Jamie C. Atkins, RD)

C)      Physical Signs of Eating Disorders and What To Do About It: A Guide for Non-Medical (& Medical, too) Practitioners (Edward Tyson, MD & Jennifer Nagel, RDN, LD, PA-C)

 11:15-11:30 Break

 11:30-12:30 Breakout Session 2

A)      This Is Your Brain On……The Brain’s Role In Eating Disorder Development and Recovery (Crystal Collier, PhD & Caryn Honig, MEd, RD, LD)

B)      Healing Shame in the Recovery Process (Rachel L Eddins, MEd, LPC-S, CGP)

C)      Treating Body Image Disturbances Across the Weight Spectrum (Nicole Hawkins , PhD, CEDS)

12:30-1:00 Sponsor Booths/ Lunch Served

 1:00-2:30 Lunch/Plenary Presentation – professionals and clients describe what it means to them to “realize recovery”

 2:30-2:45 Break

 2:45-3:45 Breakout Session 3

A)      What Every Clinician Should Know and be Able to Discuss with Families about Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED)

B)      Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Application in the Understanding and Treatment of Eating Disorders (Chelsea MacCaughelty, LCSW & Rebecca Wagner, PhD)

C)      Why Obesity Is Not the Problem, Fat Is Not the Enemy, & Diet Is Not the Solution: The Challenge of Treating BED (Ralph Carson, PhD, RD, LD)

 3:45-4:00 Break

 4:00-5:00 Breakout Session 4

A)      Tweeting, Tumbling, Pinning, and Posting: How Social Media Can Sour Eating Disorder Recovery (Lara C.C. Pence, MBA, PsyD)

B)      Two Bodies in the Room: Using authentic connection and self-awareness for effective treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, Melissa Orshan Spann, PhD, & Karin Lawson, PsyD)

C)      Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery (Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS)

 5:00 Professional Networking Reception

A HUGE THANK YOU to the following sponsors:

Healer – $2,500

Eating Recovery Center

 Supporter – $1,000

Center for Discovery

Elements Behavioral Health – The Ranch

Houston Eating Disorders Center

River Oaks Hospital

Rosewood Ranch

 Empower – $500


Center for Change


House of Extra Measures

Laureate Eating Disorders Program

McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers

Menninger Clinic

Oliver-Pyatt Centers

Remuda Ranch at the Meadows

Renfrew Center

Sante Center for Healing

Sierra Tucson

Timberline Knolls

Woodlands Eating Disorders Center


Monte Nido


February 28, 2015
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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